Traveller: Out of the Box–The Tools Are Not The Setting
This quote is from the first volume of the original Dungeons & Dragons:
DUNGEONS and DRAGONS will provide a basically complete, nearly endless campaign of all levels of fantastic-medieval wargame play. Actually, the scope need not be restricted to the medieval; it can stretch from the prehistoric to the imagined future…
–Dungeons and Dragons: Book 1 Men & Magic
Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax
Please note how extraordinary this quote is in the context of what people came to think of Dungeons & Dragons as over time. What was originally designed to being a framework to play any setting ended up a vaguely Tolkienesque default setting in the imaginations of most people.
As noted elsewhere, Traveller grew distinctly out of the roots of Dungeons & Dragons.
Here are the opening sentences from the last page of Traveller Book 3 (1981) under the heading A Final Word:
Traveller is necessarily a…
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